INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Evan Bayh says that his Indianapolis condominium has long been his home, and
that he has spent “lots and lots” of time there since deciding to run for
his old Senate seat. But a copy of his schedule shows Bayh did not stay
overnight there once during his last year in office in 2010.
provided to The Associated Press shows the Democrat spent taxpayer money,
campaign funds or let other people pay for him to stay in Indianapolis
hotels on the relatively rare occasions he returned from Washington, D.C.
During the same
period, he spent $3,000 in taxpayer money on what appeared to be job hunting
trips to New York, despite the assertion of his campaign that the trips were
devoted to official media appearances. The revelations raise new questions
about Bayh’s ties to Indiana and his use of official funds as he campaigns
to help Democrats retake the Senate.
The AP obtained
Bayh’s schedule from a source who requested anonymity because the
information was private. The Bayh campaign did not dispute its authenticity.
Earlier this month,
the AP reported that Bayh spent substantial time during his last year in the
Senate searching for a private sector job, while voting for or seeking
changes to legislation that benefited the corporate and financial world.
entering the race in July, Bayh, whose primary residence is in Washington,
has struggled to explain whether Indiana is home. During an interview with
WLFI-TV in August he tried to put the issue to rest, but gave the wrong
address for his condo, which is listed on his drivers’ license and voter
“I’ll always be a
Hoosier,” Bayh said last week. “We own our condominium. Period. From time to
time I would stay someplace else, but our condo has always been our home.”
Bayh stayed at
Indianapolis hotels roughly a dozen times in 2010, though taxpayers paid
only a few hundred dollars because campaign funds or other people helped
pick up the tab.
When asked last
month how often he has stayed at his condo during the campaign, Bayh said:
“I haven’t kept track, but lots and lots and lots.” He also accused his
opponent, Republican Rep. Todd Young, of “using this as a distraction.”
shows the four taxpayer-funded trips to New York between September and
November 2010 revolved largely around meetings with a veritable who’s who of
American banking and finance, as well as a job headhunter.
Senate ethics rules
forbid the use of public money for personal travel. Bayh’s campaign says the
trips to New York were justified because he also conducted official
business, including giving interviews to journalists.
initially made no mention of the meetings with leaders in the financial
world. Later, presented with details from his schedule, campaign spokesman
Ben Ray said the meetings were routine for Bayh, who served on the Senate’s
“It was entirely
ordinary and even important for him to meet with industry leaders to insist
upon regulatory changes,” Ray said.
But the New York
trips were all after he announced he was leaving the Senate in February, and
after President Barack Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank banking reform
bill that Bayh considered as a member of the committee.
Prior to 2010,
Senate records show he hadn’t traveled to New York using Senate funds since
In September 2010,
Bayh took two trips that cost taxpayers $1,414.
He flew to New York
on Sept. 1, staying overnight with Adam Aron, a longtime friend and official
at Apollo Global Management. After a morning appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning
Joe,” Bayh met with Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan followed by JP Morgan
CEO Jamie Dimon.
Five days later, he
again flew to New York, leaving a family vacation at the Nantucket mansion
of financier David Rubenstein. He again stayed with Aron, met with
then-Credit Suisse executive Rob Shafir and taped an appearance with
journalist Katie Couric.
Later, he met with
Deutsche Bank chief executive Seth Waugh, dined with Goldman Sachs chief
executive Lloyd Blankfein and returned to Aron’s apartment for the night.
The next morning he had breakfast with Thomas Neff, a headhunter from New
York firm Spencer Stuart.
In November 2010,
he flew in for an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. The Senate paid
$519 for a stay at the Regency in Manhattan in addition to airfare. The next
day Bayh met with Moelis and Co. investment bank CEO Ken Moelis, General
Atlantic investment firm CEO William E. Ford and Leon Black, CEO of Apollo
Global Management. Apollo hired Bayh two months later.
The trips were not
the first time Bayh billed for travel that appears personal, records show.
Over his two terms, he charged for a handful of trips, including $2,000 for
return travel from a favorite family ski destination, Beaver Creek,
Colorado, on two separate occasions. Ray says the expenses were legitimate
because Bayh was returning to conduct Senate business.
watchdog group said his personal use of public money was cavalier. “Sen.
Bayh spent a long time in government service. His antenna should have been
more attuned to keeping personal and public business separate,” said Julia
Vaughn, the policy director for the government watchdog group Common Cause